After a couple of anxious days, following Anderson Silva’s historic loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, word surfaced that the former champ had finally agreed to rematch Weidman on December 28th. The accompanying narrative was that after reflecting on the loss, Silva decided he wanted to get the middleweight title back. “The Spider” proceeded to relay ‘”I was so out of myself that I didn’t think about” immediately agreeing to a rematch following the shocking loss.
Well, in a recent interview with Globo.com, Silva’s teammate and friend Lyoto Machida, says the legendary fighter was pressured by the UFC to take the rematch (quote via Google translate):
Anderson has won the belt and the rematch is more than fair for a guy who dominated for long. He might not want to fight for the belt, but the UFC asks. I believe that not only was Anderson’s will prevailed.
Fightersonlymagazine.com also offered this translation:
“Anderson’s rematch is fair; the guy rule division for long time. He maybe didn’t really want to fight for the belt again but the UFC demanded it. I believe it wasn’t only Anderson’s intentions that prevailed in this situation.”
Now of course, it’s not surprising to hear that the UFC may have pushed to get the fight booked, as it should be a massive bout. And really, who isn’t happy Silva’s gunning for the belt again? Rather than competing in a bout with no title shot implications?
Machida also reportedly said in the interview that he will evaluate whether he might drop to 185, after he takes on Phil Davis this Saturday at UFC 163. But, as he also noted, he could land yet another shot at the light-heavyweight crown this weekend.
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